No. 19 Stanford Hosts Washington Schools

Oct. 5, 2005

Washington State at #19 Stanford
Friday, October 7 * 7 p.m.
Maloney Field * Stanford, Calif.

Washington at #19 Stanford (Fox Sports Net)
Sunday, October 9 * 1 p.m.
Maloney Field * Stanford, Calif.

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Weekend Preview: Stanford (6-3-1) will host Washington State and Washington this weekend at Maloney Field to open Pac-10 play ... Stanford will take on Washington State on Friday at 7 p.m. ... The Cougars are 7-3-1 on the year ... Stanford will host the Huskies on Sunday at 1 p.m. ... Washington is 0-8-3 heading into Friday night's game at Cal ... Sunday's Stanford-Washington match will be televised on a tape delayed basis by Fox Sports Net ... Cara Capuano and Christian Miles will be calling the action for FSN.

Last Week: Stanford jumped back into the rankings after winning its tournament last week by upsetting Santa Clara, 1-0, on Friday and posting a 2-0 victory over Colorado College on Sunday ... Rachel Buehler scored the game-winners in both matches, to help the Cardinal earn a No. 19 ranking in this week's NSCAA poll.

Stanford vs. Washington State: Stanford and Washington State will meet for the 15th time ... Stanford owns an 11-2-1 margin over the Cougars ... Last season, the two squads played in Pullman to a 0-0 double overtime draw.

Scouting the Cougars: WSU is 7-3-1 on the year after picking up a pair of wins at home last weekend against San Francisco (4-0) and Montana (2-1) ... Haley Thompson-Miller was credited with the game winner and added two assists against USF ... Megan Hyte tallied her team-leading fifth goal of the year against Montana, while Thompson-Miller scored the game winner in her second consecutive game.

Stanford vs. Washington: Stanford leads the all-time series with Washington by an 11-2-2 margin ... Both of UW's wins were 1-0 decisions in Seattle, including last year's double-overtime contest at Husky Stadium ... Stanford is 6-0-2 against Washington in Palo Alto.

Scouting the Huskies: The Washington women's soccer roster is almost unrecognizable to those who saw the squad one year ago ... Only two starters return and forward Kim Taylor is the team's only senior ... She is joined by five juniors, who are outnumbered by 20 underclassmen ... Six of the Huskies' eight losses have come by one-goal margins for the Huskies, who enter the weekend in the midst of their longest season-opening stretch without a victory.

Buehler Bullets: Stanford sophomore Rachel Buehler picked up a slew of honors this week after netting the game winning goals against then-No. 5 Santa Clara and Colorado College to help the Cardinal to the 2005 Stanford Nike Invitational title last weekend ... The goal against the Broncos was the first one in Buehler's collegiate career ... She was named Pac-10 Player of the Week and was named to the Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer Buzz National Teams of the Week.

Strong Schedule: Stanford has one of the toughest schedules in the nation this season, having already faced top-ranked North Carolina, No. 3 Portland, No. 5 Santa Clara and No. 13 Texas A&M ... Still ahead for the Cardinal is No. 4 UCLA and No. 13 California ... Seven of the Cardinal's 2005 opponents are currently ranked in the top-25 by the NSCAA Poll and another two received votes.

Preseason Points: The Pacific-10 Conference coaches voted Stanford to finish fourth this season, with the Cardinal receiving one vote for first place ... The Cardinal defense is anchored by senior tri-captain Hayley Hunt, a MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List candidate.

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